I just upgraded my laptop, a Dell XPS15, NVIDIA Graphics, 8GB Memory which had been running on openSUSE 12.2 with no problems. So far everything seems to work fine as I had it configured before and I’ve done all the system patches, updates to KDE 4.10, NVIDIA proprietary drivers, etc. System installation went flawlessly including wireless configuration.
3 Times now the system has done a hard freeze. Only way to get out is hard power off and reboot. It reboots fine. 2 of the times it froze I was in YaST in the process of searching for programs and once doing my printer configuration. The third time I was in the KDE Configuration screen.
This system does not use UEFI, so I don’t think it’s related to the existing thread on that topic.
Some users with nVidia hardware have been reporting problems wrt nVidia stability - which they worked around by adding their user to group ‘video’. I suspect this is NOT the case for you (possibly your user already belongs to group video), but you could check just in case.
Note since a complete log out/in of GNU/Linux (not just the desktop, but GNU/Linux) is necessary to apply the new user settings, in which as a reboot is often easiest in this case to confirm functionality.
I have the same problem, on a Dell Precision M6700.
Nothing seems to help and most importantly: it is not clear what is the root cause of this issue.
I did add my user to the “video” group, but it does not seem to be a fix. Moreover, the system does not get “convinced” in any way to use the nVidia drivers - I did install the proprietary packages from nVidia, but it seems that the system is still using generic Xorg stuff.
At around the time of the freezes the /var/log/messages log seems to complain about networking - and, btw, the wireless is very flaky - it goes up and down, with most of the time working in a very slow mode. Again - there is no indication on why is it so, and it might point to the overall issue.
I just upgraded the BIOS to the latest from DELL and wait and see what happens, but I’m not sure that was the problem either.
Any tips, hints, advices are more than welcome - I’m a long, very long time SuSE/openSuSE fan and I’d love to continue using it. At the current point in time, I cannot even go back to 12.2 (other issues about the installation media that does not seem to succeed booting - I tried both USB stick and CD media - but this should be an issue for a different thread).
The log file /var/log/Xorg.0.log may gave some more information on this. How about copying that and pasting it into SUSE Paste and press contribute on that site, and then when it gives you a web/url-address where that pasted content is located, post here the web/url-address.
… I’m trying to visualize what you are describing. You say your install of the proprietary driver on your PC did not work and another driver is being used, and this ‘other’ driver freezes during network disconnects ?
Can you please also provide the output of the command sent inside a terminal:
/sbin/lspci -nnk | grep VGA -A2
You note you can not go back to 12.2. Does that mean you are on 12.3 ? What desktop ? What method did you using to install the proprietary nvidia driver ?
Let me take it one at a time, beginning with the last one:
I am running 12.3 with KDE (tried for a bit with IceWM, but still had the same issue after a little while) - it is a brand new laptop and this is the first install. The previous laptop (a Dell Precision M4300 went through several openSuSE versions over the last 5 years without a glitch - and it still has 12.2 working perfectly. When I try to use an USB stick or a CD with the KDE Live - it gives an odd error related to DRM at boot time and I cannot install at all (I would consider going back to 12.2 with the new laptop if I could make the install work).
There’s also the networking issue - the wireless connection seems to work all right for a while, then it slows down to a crawl, gets stuck - sometimes it errors. An
gets everything back for a while and then again slows down.
After some of the freezes (I note down the time - the freeze locks all up, but I can see the time on the desktop clock) and check /var/log/messages - it almost always shows a network related issue.
I missed this part of the question: I did add the nVidia repository to YaST’s Software Management and I just updated after the repository refresh. Right now I have nvidia-computeG03, nvidia-gfxG03-kmp-desktop and x11-video-nvidiaG03 (all of them version 310.32-15.etc.
If I run nvidia-settings, it pops up a message: “You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. etc”.
Thanks - that provides a good overview insight into what might be taking place. Your PC has hybrid graphics (ie both intel and nvidia). It is possible the Intel and not the nvidia graphic driverss are being loaded at boot. Or its possible vesa or fbdev more basic drivers are being loaded.
As to this current thread - the current thread title “openSUSE-12.3 System Hang” is not very helpful if I am correct that this is a hybrid graphics problem. So you could either join the thread I quote, or start a new thread with a title “openSUSE-12.3 hybrid (intel - nvidia) graphics problem”. I propose a new thread as I do not have the expertise to help with hybrid graphic problems and you need to attract the attention of someone who has such knowledge.
I did want to check exactly the type of the graphics card, but unfortunately I cannot use sysinfo:// as it is not an option anymore - the replacement gives a lot of detail, but exactly not what I need - up to 12.2 (actually up to the previous KDE, to be fair), sysinfo:// displayed the exact details about the graphics card. Any idea how I can properly check in 12.3 (KDE 4.10)?